hilfiger polo shirts Clothing options for big and tall men in Lehigh Valley to get bigger
Clothing options for big and tall men in the Lehigh Valley are about to get, well, bigger.
The owner of Casual Male is closing its shop at 2344 MacArthur Road in Whitehall and reopening across the street in a bigger space.
The new store will be called DXL Men’s Apparel and, in addition to Casual Male offerings, will sell designer labels such as Tommy Hilfiger, Polo Ralph Lauren, and Nautica.
DXL is owned by Destination XL Group Inc., a Canton, Mass., retailer that specializes in men’s clothing in sizes extra large and up. It operates throughout the United States, in London, England,
and in Ontario, Canada. It is currently changing its store name from Casual Male to DXL.
“And we’re committed to providing them with a superior solution,” he said.
Destination XL was before the zoners on Tuesday because it wanted a variance for a second wall sign on the building when only one is permitted. The zoners denied the request.
The company requested a sign directly above the 8 foot tall entrance to the building in addition to a second sign facing MacArthur Road.
Zoning board Chairman Lee Christman asked if Destination XL would be willing to remove the sign currently on the roof of the vacant building as a compromise, which Lemelin said they were unwilling to do.
The plan is to “re purpose” the former Sleepy’s roof sign into one heralding the DXL Men’s Apparel store, said Evan Blose, head of business development for Fast Signs Lehigh Valley.
Christman said he is concerned with the number of requests by retailers for signage along the MacArthur Road corridor.
“MacArthur Road is too lit up as far as I’m concerned; I don’t see the need for two signs on the same side of the building,” he said.
He said a similar variance request earlier in the evening by McDonald’s was granted because its original request for additional signs was reduced.
“McDonald’s toned down their signs,” he said.
Jennifer Wunder, an attorney representing DXL, said the building created “a hardship” for the retailer because the entrance is located on the side, and is not facing MacArthur Road.